“War News from Mexico;” Richard Caton Woodville and the Mexican-American War | BRIdge From The Past
What does Richard Caton Woodville’s War News from Mexico tell us about the Mexican-American War? In this episode of BRIdge from the Past, Mary explores the 1848 painting depicting a reaction to the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo which would give the United States half of Mexico’s territory. It was also a major source of conflict amongst abolitionists and anti-abolitionists as they fought about whether these new states should allow slavery. What different groups of people are represented in this painting, and how does Woodville use them to convey different feelings surrounding the end of the war?
Debating the Mexican-American War, May 1846
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To Go to War with Mexico?
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